Firearms Open Letters

Titlesort ascending Description
Wyoming-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (771.91 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Wyoming of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
Wisconsin-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (694.71 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Wisconsin of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
West Virginia-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (83.5 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in West Virginia of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
West Virginia-Jun2016-Open Letter - To All West Virginia FFLs regarding HB4145 (44.01 KB) The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance concerning West Virginia House Bill (HB) 4145 as it concerns the provisional licenses made eligible to West Virginia residents aged 18-20.
West Virginia-Jun2014-Open Letter-West Virginia's Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) as Alternative to NICS Checks (52.11 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance regarding the West Virginia's Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) issued on or after June 4, 2014 as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.
Washington-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (93.44 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Washington of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Washington-Nov2003-Open Letter-Washington Concealed Weapons Permits are No Longer Valid Alternative to NICS Checks (144.67 KB)

The open letter is to inform all Washington State Federal firearms licensees that as of November 30, 2003, all the grandfathered permits will have expired and Washington FFLs may longer accept a Washington concealed weapons permit as an alternative to a NICS check.

Virginia-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (731.39 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Virginia of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Virgin Islands-Oct2005-Open Letter-U.S. Virgina Islands Firearms Permits No Longer Alternative to NICS Check (38.76 KB)
This open letter informs Federal firearms licensees in the U.S. Virgin Islands that the U.S. Virgin Islands Firearms Permits no longer qualifies as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.
Virgin Islands-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (49.88 KB)


The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in the U.S. Virgin Islands of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Vermont-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (637.13 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Vermont of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
Vermont-Dec2000-Open Letter-Notice of Amendment for Vermont Firearms Background Checks (734.05 KB)
The State of Vermont has advised us that effective February 1, 2002, it will no longer act as a point of contact for NICS checks.  In the absence of any further Vermont legislation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will assume responsibility for conducting NICS checks for firearms transactions in Vermont on February 1, 2002.
Utah-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (800.39 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Utah of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Tribal Law Enforcement-July2006-Open Letter-Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence (374.84 KB)
This letter is to provide information to tribal law enforcement departments regarding the Omnibus Consolidation Appropriations Act of 1997.  This Act made it unlawful for any person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunitions.
Texas-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (873.25 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Texas of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Tennessee-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (460.96 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Tennessee of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Tennessee-July2009-Open Letter-Passage of the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act (73.33 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance on your obligations as a Federal firearms licensee (“FFL”) with respect to the the passage of the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act that took effect on June 19, 2009. 
South Dakota-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (43.5 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in South Dakota of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
South Dakota-Feb2017-Open Letter-South Dakota's Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permit and Enhanced Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol (33.24 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to advise South Dakota Federal Firearms Licensees regarding ATF's determination of the South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permit and Enhanced Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol as alternatives to the background check. 
South Carolina-Sept1999-Open Letter-Notice of Amendment-South Carolina Ceases Operations as NICS Point of Contact (97.26 KB)
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has now notified ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that they will cease operations as the NICS point of contact on September 30, 1999.  Therefore, beginning October 1, 1999, in order to initiate a NICS check for any firearm, South Carolina licensees must contact the FBI’s NICS Operations Center
South Carolina-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (44.91 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in South Carolina of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
South Carolina-Dec1998-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Change to South Carolina Background Check Procedures (144.25 KB) This correction notice provides information regarding a change in the background check procedures for firearms transfers by all South Carolina Federal firearms licensees (FFLs). 
South Carolina-Aug2008-Open Letter-Amendment to South Carolina Law Prohibiting Handgun Sales to Persons Under Eighteen Years of Age (103.51 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to advise you that the recent amendment to Section 16-23-30, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the unlawful sale of handguns to certain person, so as to prohibit the sale of a handgun to persons under eighteen years of age rather than under twenty-one years of age has no effect on Federal firearms laws and regulations.
Rhode Island-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (647.67 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Rhode Island of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
puerto-rico-oct1998-openletter-permanent_provisions_of_the_brady_law.pdf (68.14 KB) Open Letter to All FFL's regarding Brady Law.
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